Steve Wheller

Hi, I’m Steve Wheller, a wedding photographer from South Wales in the UK. I have been photographing weddings for over 20 years.

I started photographing landscapes at the age of 20, then shot my first wedding soon after on my EOS Canon N. I’ve never looked back since.

I think the influence of first shooting landscapes appears in my wedding photos. I love a picture of a bride and groom in a wide, sweeping landscape.

Cameras

I presently shoot with the Canon 5D MK IV after working my way up through all the Canon bodies from the Canon EOS N right through to the MK IV.

I have always liked the look of the files from Canon and am so used to the operating system that I have stayed with them.

Yes, like everyone else I am waiting for Canon to bring out a decent mirrorless as all my lenses are Canon so I’m not looking to change systems.

And yes, I nearly switched to Fuji as I do love my Fuji X100T that I use for personal use.

I’m not going to upgrade just for the sake of it but like to keep up to date. Come on Canon, get your act together…

I shoot all my weddings with one body – Canon 5D MK IV (with a Canon 5D MK III in my bag as backup) and usually three lenses – 35mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/2. This keeps my set up light but covers all eventualities.

Lenses

Canon 35mm f/1.4 – Love this lens and this is on my camera all day. Allows me to cover all angles and is great in low light. Perfect for churches.

Canon 135mm f/2 – A beautiful lens used for couple portraits and for candid photography.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 – I have had this lens for years and it’s lovely and light. I use it mainly for the couple portraits.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 – A lovely lens for low light.

Canon 24-70mm f/4 – I used this lens all the time when I first started shooting weddings but eventually moved to prime lenses as they make me think more about the photos and make me move instead of zooming.

Canon  16-35mm f/2.8 – I use this mainly for the evening party. It allows me to get close and in the middle of the action.

Lights/Triggers

1 x Godox V850II – Great flash and workhorse with power that lasts all day.

2 x NEEWER NW 860II Flashes – Godox copies that work well with the Godox system.

Godox X1 Trigger – Used to control the three flashes above.

YONGNUO YN360 Handheld LED Video Light – Used for creative photos.

Godox AD200 – Great powerful flash for portraits or in low light.

Bags/Straps

Thinktank Retrospective 20 – A great shoulder bag that holds a camera, two lenses and bits and bobs. Nice and light and can be carried around all day.

Evecase Small Canvas Shoulder Pouch Case –This shoulder bag holds my 85mm and 135mm. It’s on me all day and allows me to switch lenses very quickly.

ThinkTank Airport Essentials – This holds most of the gear and allows me to store all my gear securely.

Hardware & Software

Adobe Lightroom

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Adobe Photoshop

Misc.

Anti-shock memory card holder (King of Flash)

Godox Ad-s7 Multi-functional 45cm Umbrella Softbox

Godox 120cm / 47.2in Portable Octagon Softbox Umbrella

Peak Design Clutch v3

Peak Design Pro Pad v2 for Capture Camera Clip v3

Peak Design Pro Plate for Capture Pro Camera Clip PL-PP-1

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Be yourself, keep it simple and chase the light.

www.artbydesignphotography.co.uk | @artbydesignphotography

Inside Steve Wheller’s camera bag:

Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark III

Fuji X100T

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8

Canon 35mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm f/1.2

Canon 85mm f/1.8

Canon 135mm f/2

Canon 24-70mm F/4

Godox V850II

Godox X1 Trigger

Yongnuo YN360

Godox AD200

Godox Octagon Softbox Umbrella

Think Tank Retrospective 20

Evecase Canvas Shoulder Pouch

ThinkTank Airport Essentials

Peak Design Pro Pad V2

Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3

Peak Design Clutch

Peak Design Pro Plate

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